Hello everyone,

 

As you know, 3DR released Solo nearly a year ago and since then has been firmly focused on extending its capabilities. While many of our legacy products, including IRIS+ and X8+, continue to serve customers well, their time in the 3DR store has come to an end.

 

At the end of January, we will officially sunset most of our legacy products; they will no longer be available for purchase from 3DR. As such, I invite you to visit our store today for your last orders of IRIS+, X8+ accessories, FPV equipment, cables and more!

 

After the end of January, we will continue to sell products in the Solo and Pixhawk families.  We will also offer a small selection of IRIS+ accessories and consumables (batteries, propellers, and so forth) through the end of March. And, of course, we will continue to offer the same excellent customer and technical support (including replacement components) for our legacy products.

Thanks to you all for your constant support of 3DR. We continue to work to bring you the best drone experiences in the world and to enable you to get the shot every time.

 

Best wishes,

 

3DR

 

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Comment by Nathaniel Caner on January 28, 2016 at 9:22pm

I'm normally a pretty staunch 3DR supporter, however I must say I am very disappointed in 3DR's decision to simply discontinue all the legacy products with no future parts support. I purchased a Y6B kit in late 2014 (October) and expected to be able to keep it flying for at least a few seasons (first flight wasn't until May 2015). Now as it stands, unless I purchase parts and hope I have what I need in the future, I'm out of luck. As a consumer this will certainly impact any future decision I might make when it comes to purchasing another 3DR air-frame.

You may think this is a sound business decision by the numbers, but it's certainly not the right thing to do by your customers.

Disappointed

Comment by Laser Developer on January 28, 2016 at 10:50pm

@Nathaniel - so let's ask the difficult question: What can we do about filling the void in the DIY community left by the exit of 3DR?

Comment by Hans Miller on January 29, 2016 at 1:04am
Comment by Andreas Gazis on January 29, 2016 at 1:44am

Andy, the Solo has been around for a while now. Why don't I see any Pixhawk 2s sold individually on the store?

@Laser Developer: I have high hopes for Erle, though they are still taking baby steps.

Comment by Laser Developer on January 29, 2016 at 1:47am

@Andreas, I agree with you about Erle but this may be too much for one company to handle. If I understand the statements made by 3DR, the Pixhawk 2 will not be made available to the public.

Comment by Jaeyoung Lim on January 29, 2016 at 1:57am

Very disappointing to hear

IRIS was one of the low-cost and most community supported quadrotor out in the market

If solo was to become an alternative or IRIS, solo should have a lower price tag

Comment by Andreas Gazis on January 29, 2016 at 2:04am

@Laser Developer: the Pixhawk 2 will not be made available to the public? Wow, that's a bit brutal, although probably good news for the next gen of Linux autopilots.

Andy, can you comment on Pixhawk 2?

Comment by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz on January 29, 2016 at 2:26am

Im both grateful and disappointed with the news that 3DR has decided to compete in the consumer drone market that DJI has defined so well.

When I got into the hobby I did so by way of Iris and felt a great sense of respect and admiration for the giants who's shoulders I was standing on from open source hardware and software world. I chose to go open source over DJI because I knew this technology demanded understanding of all the elements that make autonomous flight possible.

My hope is that 3DR can some how find a way to honor that approach in their future technology releases. It's imperative that manufactures like 3DR and DJI take on the challenge of defining the culture and use around the products they sell and market if they expect to have any sort of sustained long term user base to their platform.

If anyone @3DR is listening, it would be amazing to see the company ignite the next wave of diy drones by releasing Iris+ parts/designs for 3D printing and such. You never know what that might seed and the value it may bring to all in the future.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 29, 2016 at 5:42am

Laser Developer is right.  You will NOT be seeing PH2 from 3DR.

There is a group of us working to pick up where 3DR is leaving off, and support the DIY and Commercial markets, by bringing the PH2 to market, and other products.  However, this is a large undertaking.  3DR grew slowly over a number of years into what it is today.  To fill the void now left, would require starting a medium size company from nothing.  If anybody has a spare couple million they would like to invest, please let us know. :)  Many of the primary people responsible for developing the best parts of this technology, are available to keep pushing it forward.

Comment by Laser Developer on January 29, 2016 at 5:48am

@Rob - nice to see that you are still here in spirit at least :)! We are a small company but would be keen to get involved in a group effort to support the DIY market. This is not just altruistic, we sell a lot of products to educational institutions and enthusiastic individuals so it would be good for us to keep this market alive. Anyone else wanna play?

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